Austria is well known for its rich cultural heritage, which we are very proud of. Austria as a “cultural nation” enjoys a standing that clearly surpasses its political or economic weight. We are equally proud of the lively and creative artistic scene in Austria today.
It is the objective of Austria’s international cultural policy to emphasize and promote our country’s contemporary innovative cultural production and to present it on the international stage. Thematic priorities are: film and new media, architecture, dance, women in art and science.
A second objective of Austria’s cultural activities abroad is to contribute pro-actively to the process of European integration and to that goal we gladly engage in cooperation projects with other EU member states.
And thirdly we aspire to make a sustainable contribution to building trust and securing peace on a global level by launching initiatives in the field of intercultural and interreligious dialogue.
The activities of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Bucharest reflect these objectives:
Last spring, we organized the exhibition “Young Viennese Architects YO.V.A.3“ in cooperation with the City of Vienna and the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism. Our cooperation with this university will continue in November with the exhibition “Getting Things Done” – a showcase of contemporary architecture from our most western federal province – Vorarlberg.
With respect to intercultural dialogue we enjoy a close cooperation with the Agency Împreună, with whom we worked together on events during the Roma Week last April. We presented an exhibition of 14 Roma artists coming from 12 different European countries and organized many side-events during this exhibition. We are planning to continue the cooperation with Împreună also next year.
Another focus of 2015 has been the “Turkish Austria” event series, where we presented Austrian musicians, dancers with Turkish-Kurdish background or films made by Austrian/Turkish/Kurdish filmmakers.
In the upcoming autumn and winter season we will concentrate our activities on contemporary dance and performance by supporting two Austrian productions at Explore Dance Festival.
One of the performances is “Symposium”, by Elisabeth B. Tambwe. Using movement, sound, video and text passages, the performance explores the relationship between ethnocentrism and exclusion, socio-cultural affiliations and historiography that is always subject to ideological distortions (Saturday and Sunday, 24th + 25th October 7.30 pm, Str Ion Minulescu 67-93)
The second performance is “The point” by Anne Juren. Anne Juren’s recent work “Pornography” examined the relationship between the pornographic gaze and the mechanisms of representation in theatre. In this performance she decentralizes this gaze to generate a creative space of imagination and introspection. Using movement and language, the performers relocate the choreography inside the spectators’ bodies. “The point” is a private-public choreographic trip within a circulating museum-like environment (Thursday, 29th October 7.30 pm, Str Ion Minulescu 67-93)
In December, we will support the show “More than naked” by the renowned Austrian choreographer Doris Uhlich at the Centrul National al Dansului Bucuresti. It is a performance that manages to bring to the stage nakedness free of ideology and provocation. (Friday 11th and Saturday 12th December 7 pm, Centrul Național al Dansului București)
The Austrian Cultural Days in Arad will take place from 9th to 11th November 2015. The events are dedicated to the reminiscence of the year 1955 and its significance for both, Austria and Romania. On the opening day of the festival the historians Helmut Wohnout (A) and Livia Betea (RO) will analyse this decisive time in history for both nations. After that we will screen the documentary “Oh, Du mein Österreich” by Robert Dornhelm, an Austrian filmmaker of Romanian origin. The program also includes a concert of the Koehne-Quartet and an exhibition on the life of the famous Austrian actor Romy Schneider.
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